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Posted by on Nov 18, 2009 in Politics | 20 comments

Sarah’s Problem: The Real Point of the Newsweek Cover


What is it with people? Why is the media focused on a cover photograph that Sarah Palin posed for? She posed for the cover for another magazine and Newsweek got the rights to reproduce it on its cover. Obviously, Newsweek has a bias against Palin but to say the outfit is sexist is a bit of a stretch.

If we must focus on the picture, I have a question… why is the American flag draped over the chair? Is she running for something? Hence the photo for “Runner’s World.” Inquiring minds…

Leaving the picture on its own merits for the duration of this post. I have another question: Does anyone not get the real point of the Newsweek cover – the words: “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sarah?” For those of you who don’t get the slight, in context, let me share it with you. There is musical called “The Sound of Music.” Maria, played by Julie Andrews, is in a convent but not fitting in. She is a free spirit who is nice, lovely, but does not have the aptitude to learn or to be taken seriously.

The lyrics from the song “How do you solve a problem like Maria?”:

Many a thing you know you’d like to tell her
Many a thing she ought to understand
But how do you make her stay
And listen to all you say
How do you keep a wave upon the sand

Oh, how do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?

When I’m with her I’m confused
Out of focus and bemused
And I never know exactly where I am
Unpredictable as weather
She’s as flighty as a feather
She’s a darling! She’s a demon! She’s a lamb!

If I was Sarah Palin, or her supporters, I would be way more upset at the words of the cover than a picture that I posed for.